It all started with a tweet from Premier Di Rupo to President Obama just before the World Cup Football match between the USA and Belgium. The Belgian Prime Minister promised a supply of Belgian beers if the American team were to win. Likewise, the American Ambassador in London organised a wager with Ambassador Trouveroy. Ambassador Barzun would be cooking and serving American pancakes for the Belgian Embassy staff at the Residence in Belgrave Square if the Belgian team were to beat the US. Ambassador Trouveroy promised a hamper with Belgian delicacies if the American team were to win.
On 12th July, the annual Belgian Parade at the Cenotaph in Whitehall took place. On this occasion, HRH Prince Laurent, representing the Belgian King, laid a wreath at the monument. The ceremony was also attended by the Belgian Defence Minister and the UK vice-Minister of Defence, various British and Belgian civil and military authorities and veterans as well as detachments from military education establishments.
As part of a series of official visits to European capitals, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visited the United Kingdom on 13 March. The couple was accompanied on their day trip by Minister Didier Reynders.
Last weekend provided football for players and spectators of all ages in Glasgow and at Wembley. The 0-2 victory of the Red Devils in Scotland brings them one step closer to next year’s World Cup in Brazil. In London, the 14th edition of the Danone Nations Cup, the greatest football competition dedicated to children (10 to 12 years old), took place at Wembley Stadium on 7 September.
This year’s 21 July celebrations in Brussels took on extra dimensions with the abdication of H.M. King Albert II following a 20-year reign and the swearing in of his son Philippe as seventh King of the Belgians.